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Dead Fish Choke Louisiana Bayous in Massive Die-Off

Fishkill

Didn't get a chance to post this last week. It's quite troubling.

Fish kills are apparently common in the Louisiana bayous and are related to low oxygen levels in the water, but this year the numbers of fish dying are unprecedented. In the photo above, dead fish have the appearance of a gravel road they are so great in number.

MNN reports:

"Fish kills, when they happen, generally consist of a hundred or so of one particular species. In this kill the numbers are in the millions, consisting of nearly every known species — from crabs and stingrays to eels and myriad fish species. Even a dead sperm whale (from a resident population that was said to have lived near the Macondo Well location) was found in the water. From what my sister says, one of the most common questions being asked in the small communities impacted by the oil spill is, 'How stupid do they think we are?' BP and the government officials who seem to be covering for them would have us believe that the worst of the oil spill is over, but it doesn't take a genius to put two and two together. It will be decades before the marsh ecosystems of Louisiana will truly recover. So let's stop pretending it's not BP's fault."

Three major fish kills have been reported in a week.

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  1. These BP executives need to personally go down there and start cleaning.

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 21, 2010 10:25:36 AM


  2. Don't opinion polls show that most of the people who live there are still gung-ho about offshore oil drilling? It's depressing.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 21, 2010 10:42:55 AM


  3. The executives of BP should be lined up against a wall and shot in the face.

    Then their bodies should be drawn, quartered, and sent to the 4 corners of the country to be put on display as a warning.

    Posted by: Gridlock | Sep 21, 2010 11:03:51 AM


  4. Right On Gridlock! Time to go medieval on their asses!

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 21, 2010 11:45:01 AM


  5. Ah, the power of ethanol and agriculture subsidies! Probably not related to oil so much. Could the the toxic dispersants used to hide all the oil.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 21, 2010 11:57:14 AM


  6. To Matthew Rettenmund:

    The politicians still want to go full steam ahead on the drilling. All of us Louisianians just want the shit cleaned and fixed.

    Posted by: Joseph Frazier | Sep 21, 2010 12:36:05 PM


  7. No, we're not destroying the planet and other species. No, global climate change is Al Gore's big lie to cash in.

    Human beings can be the DUMBEST species on this planet sometimes...

    Posted by: Cory | Sep 21, 2010 12:51:15 PM


  8. Not only offshore drilling, but diaper whore vitter. Meh, another backward southern state that we'd be better off without.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 21, 2010 2:06:58 PM


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